5/9/13 4:04 AM | Kelli DeMario
Two-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal looks to extend his run at the tournament, as he takes the court against former world No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny. The two are slated to contest their 14th career meeting on Thursday.
World No. 5 Rafael Nadal holds a 9-4 series edge against former World No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny. The Spaniard leads 2-0 in clay-court matches contested.
Nadal is through to the round of 16 after taking out France's Benoit Paire in straight sets. The 26-year-old passed through the 87-minute match unbroken, 6-3, 6-4.
"That's an important victory today," Nadal assessed. "Each match in this kind of tournament is very demanding from the first round. He was a very uncomfortable opponent. He makes you play quite badly. He doesn't give you any rhythm. He has one of the best backhands in the circuit, without any doubt."
Nadal is seeking his 7th consecutive quarterfinal berth of the season.
Youzhny advanced to the third round following his three-set victory over Spain's Nicolas Almagro. The former world No. 8 is bidding for his first quarterfinal since February, when he reached the final four in Zagreb.
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